What’s going on: Sept. 29 to Oct. 5

Current Dining Specials:

Minturn Country Club

Surf & Turf

$15.95

8oz NY Strip & Shrimp kabob

 

Marble Slab Creamery

Half Off Thursday

All pints and quarts are half off ALL DAY

Pints start at $2.99, quarts start at $3.75

 

Lancelot

Early Bird Special

2 for 1 Entrée with a purchase of a bottle of wine

(Must be seated before 6:30pm)

Daily Bar Specials

25% off appetizers (bar only)

 

Billy’s

Fall Special

50% off all entrees all night

18% gratuity will be added prior to discount

 

Tennessee Pass Cookhouse

Hike to dinner

A one-mile hike, mountain bike or Jeep ride through the woods to a remote mountain setting. An elegant four-course gourmet dinner awaits, featuring elk tenderloin, rack of lamb, salmon, roasted chicken and vegetarian specials.

$75 per person

 

Garfinkel’s

Specials start at 4pm

$7 Fish Tacos

$3.50 Corona & Pacifico

$5 Margaritas

 

The Left Bank

Appetizers from $6 and entrees from $18

 

LaTour

Four-course vegetarian dinner for $49

*Call ahead! Specials change daily.

Three-course fall menu for $39

 

Nozawa

50% off all sushi rolls and entrees

Dine In only

Happy Hour 4 to 6pm

 

The Red Lion

Phil Long Plays Live

7:30 to 11pm

Thursday Drink Special, $5 Fat Tire Drafts All Day

Thursday Lunch Special, 11-4pm, Patty Melt $6.95

Everyday Special: $7.95 Gyro

 

Sushi Oka

25% off entire dinner bill

 

Campo diFiori

Fall Special

30% off dinner menu

Closed Mondays in off-season

 

List of Events, Sept. 29 to Oct. 5

September 29

Sweetgrass Productions presents “Solitaire” at the Vail Mountain School

7:30pm

 

September 30

Wes Yoakam Live

The Club

8pm

 

October 1

Climbing Team Open House

Vail Athletic Club

9am

 

Wes Yoakam Live

The Club

8pm

 

October 2

Island Vybz

Paddy’s in Eagle-Vail

9:30pm

 

October 3

Open Mic Night

Sandbar

9pm

 

October 4

Historic Vail Village walking tour

Colorado Ski & Snowboard Museum

2pm

 

Trivia Night

Loaded Joe’s Coffeehouse & Lounge

9pm

 

October 5

Rock ‘n Roll Bingo

The Red Lion

8pm

Week 2 of Vail Restaurant Month is Health and Outdoors Week!

FLAME
Four Seasons Spa Dinner
Nightly during Health & Outdoors Week
September 26- October 2 • 5pm-10pm
Flame has partnered with the award winning Spa at Four Seasons to pair mini treatments with a decadent dinner. Guests will enjoy a 25-minute neck, back and shoulder massage followed by a three-course spa-inspired menu created by Chef Jason Harrison in Flame. Spa treatments will begin at 5 p.m. with dinner to follow.

*$145 per person

Terra Bistro
Vail Restaurant Month Three-Course Chef’s Menu at Terra Bistro
Nightly during Vail Restaurant Month
September 19-October 16
Every night during Vail Restaurant Month, the legendary Terra Bistro offers a three-course “Chef’s Selection” menu for *$39 per person. Enjoy your choice of selected appetizers, a salad, and choice of selected main courses for only *$39. Visit TerraBistroVail.com to view sample menus.

Reservations recommended
call 970-476-6836

Big Bear Bistro
Outdoor Adventure Backpack Lunch
Everyday during Health & Outdoors Week
Big Bear Bistro will provide a reusable backpack that will be yours to keep, when you order a “to-go” lunch for 2 or more and remember to tell us it’s Vail Restaurant Month. Choose from any of our many gourmet sandwiches (considered the best in the Valley). We’ll include a pickle, bag of chips, bottle of water and a cookie for $15.00 a person. We proudly use fresh baked organic bread delivered daily, Boar’s Head meats, and organic greens and tomatoes. We appreciate when you call ahead, so that we can have your lunch ready for you. Big Bear Bistro Conveniently located at the top of Bridge Street in Vail Village 297 Hanson Ranch Rd., Vail, CO 81657
Orders: (970) 300-1394
orders@bigbearbistro.com
info@bigbearbistro.com

Gluten Free French Cuisine at the Left Bank Restaurant
Nightly during Health and Outdoors Week
5:30pm -10pm
Not only does it feel like the French countryside when you walk into The Left Bank Restaurant, but the French being spoken around you makes you feel like you’re in a small town in the French Alps. French cuisine is something decadent, to be savored and enjoyed with every bite and now thanks to the Left Bank, imagine all this “gluten free!” Chef Jean Michel will present a menu that is “Heart Smart” and delicious. Celebrating 40 years of service, The Left Bank Restaurant is proud to establish a standard and continue to meet it.

Reservations recommended
call 970-476-3696

*4 courses for $45/Heart Smart/Gluten Free

Larkspur Restaurant
Thrive at Five!
Wednesdays-Sundays During
Vail Restaurant Month • 5pm-7pm
The best kept secret in town, Larkspur’s Bar and Patio open at 5pm daily with Happy Hour specials from 5-7pm. Vail’s locals know Larkspur is not just for fine dining! For rest and refreshment after your day outdoors or for a casual dinner, visit Larkspur’s bar for pizzas, salads, and the famous Larkburger. Happy Hour 5-7pm with Domestic Draughts, $5 Larkspur Lightnings, $7 Wines by the Glass, $7 Plates

Sweet Basil
Chef Paul Anders’ Health & Wellness Three-Course Menu
Nightly during Health & Outdoors Week
Chef Paul Anders has created a special three-course menu celebrating “Health & Outdoors Week” of Vail Restaurant Month. Enjoy the fall cuisine of a selected appetizer, entrée, and dessert. Available nightly during “Health, Wellness & Outdoors Week”.

6pm-Close
$45 per person
Special event reservations by phone only to 970-476-0125

 Tuesday, Sept. 27

Alpine Wine and Spirits
Chandon Wine tasting
Tuesday, September 27, 2011
Mickey Werner hosts complimentary tastings of a premium spirit or wine each Tuesday afternoon every week of Vail Restaurant Month. Tasting Tuesdays 2011 will showcase premium spirits and wines from the Moët Hennessy portfolio!
 10 Cane Rum tasting – September 20
Chandon wine tasting – September 27
Belvedere Vodka tasting – October 4
Grand Marnier tasting – October 11.

For more information:
970-479-8116

Sweet Basil
Power Up!
Health & Outdoors Week
Tuesday, September 27
Power Up with Power Foods: Join Sweet Basil and Chef Paul Anders as we explore healthy ingredients that can help you “power” through your day and lead to a healthier lifestyle. Paul will demonstrate simple recipes using these health providing ingredients and teach you how to take out the harmful elements of your diet while retaining intense flavors in your cooking. We will also discuss the potential health benefits of incorporating these items into your diet, such as cancer fighting antioxidants, anti-aging properties, lowering blood pressure, weight loss, lowering risk of heart disease and improving immune functions. Whether it’s a wild salmon filet with grilled sweet potatoes, barley and almond puree or a peanut butter and banana smoothie, this is not your typical health food. Cooking healthy does not have to mean the end to great food as you know it!  5:30pm-7pm, $25 per person. Special event reservations by phone only to 970-476-0125

Restaurant Kelly Liken
Whole Hog Dinner
Wednesday, September 28 • 6:30pm
Start your evening with a hog butchering demonstration in our dining room by Mark DeNittis of Denvers Il Mondo Vecchio.  Enjoy four delicious hogcentric courses from Eagle County 4-H member-raised hog. Highlighted by guest bartender and cocktail pairings from Leopold Brothers Distillery. Appetizers and cocktails and the demonstration begin at 6:30pm, followed by dinner. Space is limited. Call for reservations now at 970-479-0175. $99 per person

LaTour
Vegetarian Dinner at La Tour
Thursday, September 29 • 6pm-10pm
Join us for Chef Ferzacca’s health and wellness dinner, focusing on seasonal, locally farmed produce crafted into four scintillating courses. Each course is thoughtfully prepared to maintain the purity and integrity of its ingredients ensuring a delectable experience. Reservations recommended. Call 970-476-4403. *4 Courses – $49

Tavern On the Square at The Arrabelle at Vail Square,
Ribs and Whiskey
Thursday 9/22, Thursday 9/29, Thursday 10/06 • 6pm-9pm
Join us at the Tavern on the Square, for three evenings, our skilled barrel master will take you through four pairings of our favorite whiskeys, which Chef Dodd has paired with ribs. Every Thursday evening during Vail Restaurant Month you will have the opportunity to sample ribs in four different preparations, each as unique as the whiskey they are served with. $45 per person

Grappa Fine Wines & Spirits
Thirsty Thursday
Thursday, September 29 •  3-6pm
An introductory tasting of Belvedere Grapefruit vodka at Grappa! For more information, call (970) 479-WINE (9463) or email us at grappafinewines@gmail.com

Terra Bistro
Vail Restaurant Month
Social Club Mixer
THIS EVENT OCCURS EVERY FRIDAY
Sept. 23, Sept. 30, Oct. 7, Oct. 14
Make plans to be in Vail Village during Vail Restaurant Month! Every Friday join your friends at Terra Bistro to get primed for a night in the village dining and taking in all that Vail has to offer during the foliage season. Fridays during Vail Restaurant Month, Terra Bistro will be hosting the public for our new Social Club Mixer where we’ll be offering complimentary light hors d’oeuvres. Dine with us later and enjoy our Vail Restaurant Month three-course menu or head out into Vail’s world-renowned dining scene. Either way, we’re happy to see you. 5:00pm-6:30pm  Call for info 970-476-6836

West Vail Liquor Mart
“Health & Outdoors Week” Tasting
Friday, September 30, 2011 •  4-6pm
To celebrate “Health & Outdoors Week” West Vail Liquor Mart presents a special tasting to feature organic wine, beer and liquor items. 4-6pm. Location: 2151 N. Frontage Road, Vail, CO. Take I-70 to exit 173. For more information, please call (970) 476-2675

The Sebastian Vail
Little Foodies in The Kitchen
Presented by Little Chefs of Vail and The Sebastian
Friday, September 30 • 6-8pm
Saturday, October 1 • 6-8pm
Friday, October 7 • 6-8pm
Saturday, October 8 • 6-8pm
Let the kids cook dinner tonight! In this delicious event, kids will be welcomed into the world-class kitchens of The Sebastian Vail.  They will put on chef whites and make (and bring home) some amazing homemade pork and vegetable pot stickers, duck spring rolls and “Salad Scramble”!You may never have to cook again!  Your budding chef will grate, slice, mix, and create to their hearts content! And parents can enjoy 2 for 1 drinks in Vail’s hottest new bar, Frost!  Ages 4-15 are welcome! $30.00 per kid. To reserve your spot, call (970) 306-7174

Vail Chophouse
Run, Ride, Refresh
Saturday, October 1 (Meet at 1PM at Vail Chophouse Start: 2-2:30PM -5PM)
Enjoy the fresh crisp morning air and beautiful Fall surroundings in Vail with a guided group run or bike ride on Vail mountain, followed by some much deserved refreshment and relaxation at the Vail Chophouse. Reward yourself with a variety of delectable Chophouse appetizers and refreshing libations and continue to take in the incredible views of Vail Mountain from the restaurant’s slopeside deck as you get the inside scoop on the newest and best gear and technology from Runners World and Bicycling Magazine’s experts 

Terra Bistro
Recipes for Health for the Thanksgiving Table with Martha Rose Shulman
Health and Outdoors Week
Saturday, October 1, 2011
On Saturday Evening October 1, Vail’s iconic restaurant Terra Bistro hosts New York Times food columnist and best-selling cookbook author Martha Rose Shulman for an intimate cooking demonstration and dinner showcasing some of Martha’s favorite fall recipes. This multi-course meal will delight the health-conscious foodie and provide wonderful and approachable recipes for the home cook looking to shake up those Thanksgiving traditions.

BOOK EARLY, AS THIS EVENT WILL SELL OUT! 970-476-6836
*$65 per person

 

 

Vail Restaurant Month starts today with Market to Table Week

Week 1: Sept. 19 – 25

Market to Table Week : Schedule of Events

Tuesday, September 20

Tomatoes, tomatoes, tomatoes

Sweet Basil

5:30 to 7pm, $25

Executive Chef Paul Anders discusses the many varieties of Colorado heirloom tomatoes and demonstrates interesting alternatives to feature them on your dinner table.

(970) 476-0125

 

Wednesday, September 21

Feast of Colorado

Sweet Basil

Cocktails at 7pm, 7:30 to 10:30pm, $95

A special evening features a five course dinner and beverage pairings with “everything Colorado.” Special guests included Lynn and Guy Borden from Borden Farms.

 

Thursday, September 22

Bacon Dinner

LaTour Restaurant

6 to 10pm, 4 courses for $49

Chef Paul Ferzacca creates a spectacular 4-course Bacon Dinner utilizing award-winning bacon from around the country, pairing it with the freshest produce from last Farmer’s Market of the season.

 

Tavern on the Square

Ribs and Whiskey

6 to 9pm, $45

The first of three evenings in which a skilled barrel master takes you through four pairings of our favorite whiskeys, which Chef Dodd has paired with ribs.

 

Friday, September 23

Chef’s Harvest Dinner

Larkspur Restaurant

6:30pm, $55 for four-course dinner and $22 optional wine pairings

Celebrate the harvest with Larkspur’s chef and culinary team. The evening will begin in Larkspur’s garden with a Colorado cocktail and hors d’oeuvres while you enjoy the view of the magnificent Gore Range in all its fall splendor. Dinner follows with a delicious assortment of locally sourced and inventively prepared courses.

 

Social Club Mixer

Terra Bistro

5 to 6:30pm

Every Friday during Restaurant Month, Terra Bistro will host the public and offer complimentary light hors d’oeuvres.

 

Market to Table Tasting

West Vail Liquor Mart

4 to 6pm

A special tasting features premier Colorado microbrews, wines and spirits.

 

Sunday, September 25

Sunday Harvest Dinners

Restaurant Kelly Liken

Three courses for $45

A new menu every week created from the best the Vail farmer’s market has to offer.

 

Special Vail Farmer’s Market

10am to 3:30pm

Come celebrate the last farmer’s market of the season.

 

Casa Lapastolle and Belvedere Tomato Vodka Tasting

In the Cellar at Grappa Fine Wines and Spirits

1 to 3pm

A double header for the last Vail Farmer’s Market of the Season! A free tasting of Casa Lapastolle wines and an introductory tasting to Belvedere Tomato Vodka!

 

 Reoccuring Events

Four Seasons Resorts

Flame

Farm to Table at Flame

Nightly during Market to Table Week (Sept. 19 – 25, 6 to 10pm)

Join Flame as we celebrate a week of the best of our local farms with a special farm-to-table menu centered on local producers and sustainable foods. Flame will be featuring a three-course pre-fixe menu for $40 per person. This menu is co-written by Chef Brooke Voskia of Four Seasons Hotel Boston. Chef Voskia will join Chef Jason Harrison of Flame at select dinners to discuss the importance of supporting urban and local farms.

$40 per person

Big Bear Bistro

Market to Table Menu

Everyday during Market to Table Week (Sept. 19 – 25, 5pm)

This week only, the Big Bear Bistro will remain open until 7p.m. to offer fresh, seasonal, organic salads and bruschettas. Consider us for a light, healthy dinner option or appetizer before heading to a late night meal or event. The Big Bear Bistro is your choice for affordable dining while still getting the highest quality and freshest ingredients. We serve wine and beer and will offer a special champagne as a lovely accompaniment to your light evening meal. We have casual outside seating and the 5p.m. hour is usually the most beautiful time of day, to sit and relax.

Larkspur

Thrive at Five

Wednesdays to Sundays (5 – 7pm)

The best kept secret in town, Larkspur’s Bar and Patio open at 5pm daily with Happy Hour specials from 5-7pm. Vail’s locals know Larkspur is not just for fine dining! For rest and refreshment after your day outdoors or for a casual dinner, visit Larkspur’s bar for pizzas, salads, and the famous Larkburger.

Happy Hour 5-7pm with Domestic Draughts, $5 Larkspur Lightnings, $7 Wines by the Glass, $7 Plates

Gluten Free French Cuisine at Left Bank Restaurant

Nightly during Market to Table Week (Sept. 19 – 25, 5:30 to 10pm)

Not only does it feel like the French countryside when you walk into The Left Bank Restaurant, but the French being spoken around you makes you feel like you’re in a small town in the French Alps. French cuisine is something decadent, to be savored and enjoyed with every bite and now thanks to the Left Bank, imagine all this “gluten free!” Chef Jean Michel will present a menu that is “Heart Smart” and delicious. Celebrating 40 years of service, The Left Bank Restaurant is proud to establish a standard and continue to meet it.

Terra Bistro

Three-Course Chef’s Menu

Nightly Sept. 19 – Oct. 16

Every night during Vail Restaurant Month, the legendary Terra Bistro offers a three-course “Chef’s Selection” menu for $39 per person. Enjoy your choice of selected appetizers, a salad, and choice of selected main courses for only $39

Swiss Chalet

Indian Summer

Wednesday s to Sundays (5 – 9pm)

Come to the Swiss Chalet for our reminiscent “Indian Summer” three-course dinner special with wine flight pairings. Featuring 3 oz Moet Imperial Champagne aperitif paired with the traditional Haus Salat, two 3 oz “Sommelier selection” Rosé wines to pair with our Alpler Cheese Fondue and finally a 3 oz dessert wine Moscato to pair with our homemade Apfelstrudel.

$35 3-course dinner

$48 3-course dinner with wine pairing

Alpine Wine and Spirits

Mickey Werner hosts complimentary tastings of a premium spirit or wine each Tuesday afternoon every week of Vail Restaurant Month. Tasting Tuesdays 2011 will showcase premium spirits and wines from the Moët Hennessy portfolio!
10 Cane Rum tasting – September 20

Upcoming Events for Sept. 1 to Sept. 8

Summer is still lingering for a couple more weeks. And despite cooling temperatures, Labor Day Weekend in Vail promises to be spectacular.

The 17th Annual Jazz Party features world-renown acts in two intimate Lionshead locations (Vail Square and the Marriott Grand Ballroom) as well as late night jam sessions! See the schedule below. The festival begins Thursday with a free show by the Clayton Brothers Quintet at Vail Square.

Frogs Gone Fishing will play the final Friday Afternoon Club of the season on September 2.

Also slotted for the holiday is the ever-growing Gourmet on Gore. Sponsored by Stella Artois, Moet & Chandon, and Pellegrino, this town-wide collection of Vail’s best restaurants will showcase delicious pairings of food, wine, beer or spirits. Admission is free; food is not. The event starts at 11am on Saturday and Sunday. Last call is at 5:45pm, with the event officially closing at 6pm. Monday’s hours of operation are abbreviated, 10am to 2pm. There will be live music throughout the village as well as executive chefs, sommeliers and spirit masters discussing their products.

On Sunday, September 4, Vail hosts its annual Rotary Duck Race down Gore Creek. It’s $5 per duck—the winner gets a yet-to-be-disclosed grand prize.

On Thursday, September 8, Dr. Coen Wijdicks, Dr. David Karli and Dr. Rick Cunningham will lecture on recent breakthroughs in sports medicine, part of the Vail Symposium Program’s Health and Wellness Series. Doors open at 5:30pm. Admission is $37; for Vail Symposium donors, it’s $27. The title of this week’s program is “Keeping the Body Healthy for Life.”

Thursday, Sept. 1

Jazz at Vail Square

Cost: FREE

6pm                       Clayton Brothers Quintet and the VJF All-Starts

 

Friday, Sept. 2

Friday Evening Session

Vail Marriott Grand Ballroom

Cost: $65

7:30pm                 Dena DeRose Trio

8:40pm                 Salute to the Modern Jazz Quarter: Bill Cunliffe, John Clayton, Lewis Nash, Jay Hoggard

10:10pm               Bobby Floyd, Graham Dechter, Jeff Hamilton, Tim Warfield, Byron Stripling

12:15am               Late Night Jam Session (Wing’s Place, Second Floor of Vail Marriott): Bill Cunliffe, Bruce Barth, Martin Wind, Dave Tull, Matt Wilson, Jerry Weldon, Tim Warfield

 

Saturday, Sept. 3

Saturday Afternoon Session

Vail Jazz Tent at Vail Square, Arrabelle

Cost: $55

12pm                     Vail Jazz All-Stars

1:10pm                 Jerry Weldon, Shelly Berg, Peter Washington, Jeff Hamilton

2:20pm                 Clayton Brothers Quintet

3:30pm                 Dave Tull, Bill Cunliffe, Martin Wind, Tim Warfield

Saturday Evening Session

Vail Marriott Grand Ballroom

Cost: $65

8:30pm                 Terell Stafford Quintet

9:40pm                 Salute to Louis Armstrong: Byron Stripling, Shelly Berg, Tom Kennedy, Ernie Adams, Wycliffe Gordon, Jeff Clayton

11:10pm               Graham Dechter, Bill Cunliffe, John Clayton, Jeff Hamilton

12:15am               Late Night Jam Session (Wing’s Place, Second Floor of Vail Marriott): Dena DeRose, Tom Kennedy, Dana Hall, Ernie Adams, Jeff Clayton, Jerry Weldon, Wycliffe Gorden

 

Sunday, Sept. 4

Sunday Morning Session

Vail Jazz Tent at Vail Square, Arrabelle

Cost: $55

9:30am                 Gospel Prayer Meetin’: Niki Haris, Bobby Floyd, Ernie Adams, Graham Dechter, Jeff Clayton, Wycliffe Gordon, Byron Stripling

12pm                     Afternoon Session: Vail Jazz All-Stars

1:10pm                 Dena DeRose Trio

2:20pm                 Jay Hoggard, Shelly Berg, Tom Kennedy, Dana Hall

3:30pm                 Byron Stripling, Bruce Barth, Peter Washington and Ernie Adams with guests Tim Warfield and Jerry Weldon

Sunday Evening Session

Vail Marriott Grand Ballroom

Cost: $65

7:30pm                 Monty Alexander, John Clayton, Jeff Hamilton

8:40pm                 Wycliffe Gordon, Bobby Floyd, Tom Kennedy, Ernie Adams, Byron Stripling

9:50pm                 Clayton Brothers Quintet

10:50pm               Late Night Jam Session (Wing’s Place, Second Floor of Vail Marriott): Shelly Berg, Peter Washington, Jeff Hamilton, Lewis Nash, Jay Hoggard, James Morrison, Terell Stafford

Monday, Sept. 5

Monday Afternoon Session

Vail Jazz Tent at Vail Square

Cost: $55

12pm                     Bill Cunliffe, John Clayton, Jeff Hamilton, Martin Wind, Matt Wilson, James Morrison, Terell Stafford

1:05pm                 Dena DeRose Trio

2:10pm                 Terell Stafford Quintet

3:15pm                 Monty Alexander, John Clayton, Jeff Hamilton

4:20pm                 Bobby Floyd, Lewis Nash, Graham Dechter, Wycliffe Gordon, Jeff Clayton, Tim Warfield, Jerry Weldon,  James Morrison, Byron Stripling, Terell Stafford

More Event Information 

Tickets: Tickets are available for purchase at the door of each concert. Costs are $55 for morning and afternoon events; $65 for evening events. Patron Passes cost $350 and include preferred seating at all performances, a Friday cocktail party, and Saturday dinner with the artists. Presold ticket holders must check in at the Vail Jazz registration table at the show venue, which will be open one hour before each show. All ticket sales are final. To purchase 10 tickets or more, contact 888-824-5526.

Venue: All evening performances will be held in the Marriott Grand Ballroom. Daytime performances will be held in the tent at Vail Square in the Arrabelle. Late night jam sessions will be held on the second floor of the Marriott in Wing’s Place.

Transportation: Contact the Vail Jazz Foundation directly at (888) 824-5526 or use the link (vailjazz.org>Vail Jazz Festival>Labor Day Weeken) to get 10% off CME shuttle service. The Marriott is offering $8 valet parking.

New Booking Specials Announced!

Looking to get away and see some fall colors? Vail Spa is offering a fall special: Buy 2 Nights, Get the 3rd Night Free!

The special is valid now through November 16. Call us at (877) 420-3762.

It may be still be summer, but it’s time to start planning your winter vacation to Vail! For all of our early birds, Vail Spa is offering a early winter booking special!

Book any of our stunning condos by Oct. 1 and receive 25% off your stay from Nov. 18 to Apr. 30.

Holidays are excluded from the special.

Vail Spa in winter

Call us at (877) 405-3128 to book today!

 

Travelling to Vail this summer? Check out the latest travel tips from NY Times, Colorado.com, and others!

David Pogue talks smart phone apps, flight search engines, best check-in practices, and lap-top friendly flights on his NYTimes.com blog, Pogue’s Posts. See the lastest in travel technology here.

Colorado.com, the official site of Colorado Tourism, has all the basic travel tips for coming to the High Rockies. Here are a couple of helpful ones for the summertime:

  1. Colorado is the highest-altitude state in the U.S. Drink more water than usual, moderate alcohol and tobacco intake, and, if possible, spend a night in the intermediate-elevation Front Range (Fort Collins, Boulder, Denver, or Colorado Springs) or Western Slope (Grand Junction, Fruita, or the Four Corners region) before coming up to Vail. Also, always wear sunscreen and reapply diligently!
  2. Weather changes rapidly here. Dress in layers! It will be cool in the mornings and evenings (mid 40s to high 50s) and then warm during the day (anywhere from low 70s to high 80s). Also, it is currently monsoon season, which means afternoon thunderstorms roll an hour or two after lunchtime. They rarely last very long, but raingear is recommended.

*Staff suggestion: Please know that most properties in the High Rockies do not have air conditioning! Due to the dry climate and high altitude, it is rarely necessary. We recommend leaving your windows open throughout the day and evening (with exception to the afternoon thunderstorms). It will circulate air through your condo and keep it cool.

Lonely Planet, the world-renown travel guidebook publisher, lists Colorado’s top scenic drives as:

  1. Top of the Rockies (115 miles) takes you from Leadville, the highest incorporated town in America at 10,430 feet, down Fremont Pass. Follow Hwy 24 down Tennessee Pass to Minturn. Then bear right on Hwy 92 toward Twin Likes before going over Independence Pass and into Aspen.
  2. Independence Pass (27 miles) is an abbreviated version of the drive explained above, but classic nonetheless. It’s full of old mining ruins, alpine tundra, and glaciers.
  3. Trail Ridge Road (47 miles) goes over the Continental Divide in Rocky Mountain National Park. It is one of the best places to see moose and elk. Highlights include Milner Pass and the tiny town of Grand Lake at the west entrance.
  4. Peak to Peak Hwy (55 miles) runs south to north from I-70 outside of Denver up to Estes Park, at the east entrance of Rocky Mountain National Park. Along the way it passes small mining and bohemian towns alike and showcases extraordinary high country scenery, including views of 14,255-foot Longs Peak.
  5. Highway of Legends (110 miles) starts in the southern Colorado town of Trinidad and takes Hwy 12 through Cokedale, passing 300 coke ovens en route over Cucharas Pass as well as the extinct volcanoes, Spanish Peaks.
  6. Santa Fe Trail (188 miles each way) is a long, historic route through southeastern Colorado (again leaving from the Trinidad area) that cross into Kansas. Take Hwy 350 to La Junta, driving through expansive grasslands and ranches. The out-and-back’s highlights include Bent’s Old Fort National Historic Site, Iron Spring and Picketwire Dinosaur Tracksite.

*Staff pick for driving tour (not on list above): Shrine Pass. From Vail, take I-70 east towards Denver. Get off at exit 190. Merge onto the dirt road south of the highway, following signs for Shrine Pass. There is a 4.6-mile round-trip hike that tours wildflowers on the way up to Shrine Mountain Crags. The scenery at the top is similar to Vail Mountain’s back bowls, but significantly untouched. Hike or not, continue on the 4WD road as it winds through White River National Forest with views of Mount of the Holy Cross. The dirt road brings you into the small town of Red Cliff. Head through town, then turn right on Hwy 24 and drive through Minturn. Merge onto I-70 east to come back to Vail.

–Vail Spa concierges, 8/6/11